Trump: Cruz campaign going ‘up in flames’
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Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist MORE on Wednesday chalked up recent attacks by rival Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle official denies allegations of ties to China The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Cruz in 2016 said 'something fundamentally wrong' with Christians who back Trump: book MORE to the Texas senator’s "tanking" poll numbers.

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“He is a liar and these ads and statements made by Cruz are clearly desperate moves by a guy who is tanking in the polls — watching his campaign go up in flames finally explains Cruz’s logo,” Trump said in a statement obtained by The Hill.

The billionaire businessman dismissed Cruz’s accusations that Trump supports abortion rights and opposes gun rights.

“I am pro-life and I do not support tax payer funding for Planned Parenthood as long as they are performing abortions,” he said in the statement. “I am also a strong advocate of the [National Rifle Association], as are my sons.”

Trump also renewed his threat to file a defamation lawsuit against Cruz over the attacks and said such a suit would be “legitimate.”

“If I want to bring a lawsuit, it would be legitimate,” he said, adding that he is also considering bringing Canadian-born Cruz to court to challenge his eligibility to be president.

Cruz at a press conference on Wednesday accused Trump of “bullying others and threatening frivolous lawsuits.”

The Cruz event came after the Trump campaign sent a cease-and-desist letter over an ad in which the businessman calls himself “very pro-choice.”

New polls released on Wednesday show Cruz trailing Trump by double digits in South Carolina ahead of the state’s Feb. 20 primary.